Reserve Chardonnay 2017
Member Price $27.31
September 22nd & October 13th, 2017
Our bold Reserve Chardonnay splashes deep gold in the glass. Aromas of ripe nectarines and cantaloupe draw in the senses to further reveal elements of baked pear and caramel. Robust peach, apple, and clove dance on the palate. Ten months in French oak lend baking spice and vanilla characteristics to a long and luxurious finish.
A cold Canadian winter, unusually wet spring, and dry summer yielded wines with excellent balance and distinct varietal flavours. Crops were lighter than normal, but the vintage will be remembered for unprecedented flood and drought conditions; and a persistent haze from nearby forest fires. While not directly affecting our grape-growing areas, the haze blanketed the sun coverage, preventing the customary heat spikes and positively impacted the growing season by slowing down the grape ripening periods and flavour development. Ripening was assisted by the rigorous leaf plucking and bunch thinning of our dogged, never-say-die vineyard crew. Ultimately, slightly lower yields and phenomenal fruit quality delivered an excellent 2017 vintage, characterized by high flavour concentration, moderate alcohol, balanced tannins, complexity and natural acidity.
Made from Poplar Grove’s Naramata grown fruit. We began crop thinning of our chardonnay fruit in early July to ensure quality and optimal ripeness of the berries. Our Chardonnay received a full cluster press to preserve aromatics and rich Chardonnay characteristics. The wine was then racked to 228L Burgundy barrels from an exclusive small production cooperage, hand made and toasted. Aged sur lie for 10 months with weekly gentle stirring.
This wine is meant to be enjoyed upon release, drink before 2023.